Chanda Chacón, CEO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center

This episode features Chanda Chacón, CEO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center. Here, she discusses her background, the biggest issues & opportunities she’s currently following, her focus on investing in innovation, and more.


CEO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Chanda Chacón, Talks Innovation and Challenges in Healthcare

About Chanda Chacón

Chanda Chacón is the CEO of Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, with 14 years of experience in pediatric healthcare. She started at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and later moved to Arkansas Children's in Little Rock as the chief operating officer. Chanda joined Children's Hospital in Omaha in September of 2020.

Biggest Issues and Opportunities in Healthcare

The biggest challenge in scaling up healthcare services is understanding the needs of rural communities, which requires building relationships and having conversations. Chanda is currently following the changing people market, which has made healthcare more competitive with other industries. To remain competitive, unique strategies are required to retain and improve the wellbeing of healthcare team members and attract people who may not have considered healthcare as an option. Chanda believes that investing in innovation is crucial to staying ahead of the curve and is excited to see how healthcare will look like in five years.

Leadership and Partnerships

Chanda has a unique perspective on leadership, influenced by her experience as a court-appointed special advocate in foster care. She emphasizes the importance of creating strong partnerships with the community, schools, and other organizations to improve the health and lives of children. Chanda is also spearheading an initiative to build a mental and behavioral health facility to provide a full continuum of care for children in Nebraska.

Focus on Social Issues

Shannon, the interviewer, expressed concern about the lack of progress in addressing social issues in healthcare. Chanda agreed and wants to make this a priority. By building strong partnerships and investing in innovation, Chanda believes that healthcare can make a greater impact on social issues.


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This episode aired on 05/13/2023 and can be listened here.


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